What is a digital nomad?
A digital nomad is someone whose whole life is a remote work vacation. Instead of returning home, they move from country to country, working from anywhere with a strong Wi-Fi connection. Around the world, some cities have emerged as digital nomad hubs where remote workers and freelancers have forged their own communities abroad.
How do you find digital nomad communities?
Digital nomad communities thrive online in community groups on social media platforms like Facebook and chat apps like Whatsapp, Telegram, and Slack. You can search for these communities by typing in your city of choice with keywords like “digital nomads,” “expats,” and “foreigners.” There are also more general groups that appeal to digital nomads around the world and more specialized groups that may be only open to women or people of color. Subgroups also exist for finding housing, networking, and various hobbies.
What kind of jobs let you work remotely as a digital nomad?
If you work full-time, you’ll have to work out your remote work and travel arrangement with your employer. However, if you are self-employed there are many careers that can be done entirely online. Some of the most popular jobs for digital nomads include computer programmers, virtual assistants, online tutors, customer support representatives, and freelance creatives. When deciding if the digital nomad lifestyle is for you, consider whether or not your work can be adapted to be done completely online. Schedule flexibility is also a factor if you are working in a different timezone, but it may not be necessary if you travel somewhere without much of a time difference from your home office.
How do you become a digital nomad?
Once you’ve figured out how you will support yourself as you travel, you can get started by picking your first destination. Choosing to start in a popular digital nomad hub, where there is a strong active community, is the best way to make connections that can help support you on your digital nomad journey. The first thing you should do is figure out where you’re going to live, whether you book your apartment online or otherwise, you can dig into Nurall’s hyper-detailed neighborhood and city guides to find the best neighborhoods for remote workers, plus all the hidden gems and best places to work.
Nurall's Managing Editor has been traveling while working remotely since 2019. Her work has since been featured in publications like National Geographic and Condé Nast Traveler.
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